Resources for Weight-Loss Success

at Holston Valley Medical Center

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Support group

If you believe bariatric surgery may be an option or you would like more information, we invite you to attend our support group led by staff from the Comprehensive Weight Management Center.

Regular visits will allow you to meet others on the weight-loss journey, hear interesting speakers and stay on track with your plan.

Support group discussion topics include:

  • New developments in surgical weight management
  • Exercise: your health investment
  • Stress management and positive coping
  • Tips on holiday eating
  • Body contouring after significant weight loss
  • Family support
  • Celebrating success and enjoying life after weight loss

Monthly support group meetings

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the West Park Professional Building at 914 Broad Street in Kingsport, Tenn. – located near the east end of Holston Valley Medical Center.

Please enter the main door of the West Park building, and follow the signs to the lower level classroom.

No registration is necessary, and meetings are a free service provided for you and your supportive family members or friends.

Tips for success

On the journey to a healthy and active lifestyle, three major areas will play vital roles in your success.

  • Proper Nutrition
    • A food log or diary helps many patients track what they are actually consuming each day. This can also assist in creating goals and lifestyle changes to promote a healthier life.
    • Following any bariatric procedure, your new lifestyle must include a well-balanced diet with adequate fluids and protein. Post-operative patients should typically consume six to eight cups of fluids and 60-75 grams of protein each day, along with adequate servings and portions of grains, fruits and vegetables.
    • It can be difficult to estimate, but it is important for patients to be as accurate as possible when determining their intake amounts. Web sites such as  CalorieKing and Fast Food Facts may be helpful.
  • Physical Activity  
  • Behavior Modification
    • Rule One: Develop and maintain positive attitudes and strategies for success.
    • Rule Two: Develop a support system.
    • Rule Three: Manage and work to reduce stress levels.

Healthy lifestyle education 

If you decide to have bariatric surgery through the Comprehensive Weight Management Center, you will receive extensive education prior to the procedure. As part of this education, you will be required to:

  • Attend the Exploring Weight-Loss Surgery class.*
    You may register for this free session by calling Wellmont Nurse Connection at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.
  • Attend a Pre-Op class.*
    This time will help explain the necessary diet specific to your surgery, exercise, tips on behavior adjustment and your hospital stay at Holston Valley Medical Center. This session is scheduled on the day of your initial consult with your surgeon.
  • Attend at least one Kingsport Bariatric Surgery Support Group meeting.
    We recommended you attend at your earliest convenience to enjoy contact with others who have undergone weight-loss surgery and to meet your pre-operative requirements as early as possible.
  • Attend at least one individual nutrition consultation.
    This will be scheduled with our dietitian after you complete the Pre-Op class.

*The Exploring Weight-Loss Surgery and Pre-Op classes are held in the Training Room at the Press Building at 444 Clinchfield St. in Kingsport.

To gain nutritional clearance for surgery, you must:

  • Attend the classes outlined above.
  • Accurately complete "homework" assignments regarding your diet and bring them to your individual consultation with our dietitian. You will receive these assignments at the "Pre-Op" class.
  • Complete a pass/fail nutrition quiz.

Protein supplements

You may also find protein powder products locally at pharmacies, health food stores, groceries and Wal-Mart locations.

Bariatric books and cookbooks

  • “The Essential Guide for Weight-Loss Surgery Patients”
      by Gaye Andrews, Ph.D., MFCC
  • “Living a Lighter Lifestyle: A Guide To Successful Weight Loss and Maintenance Following Weight-Loss Surgery"
      by Gaye Andrews, Ph.D., MFCC
  • “Culinary Classics: Essentials of Cooking for the Gastric Bypass Patient”
      by David Fouts
  • “Before & After: Living and Eating Well After Weight-Loss Surgery: With 100 Low Carb High Protein Recipes for a Healthier, Happier, & Slimmer You”
      by Susan Maria Leach, available at Bariatric Eating
  • “Eating Well After Weight-Loss Surgery: Over 140 Delicious Low-Fat, High-Protein Recipes to Enjoy in the Weeks, Months and Years after Surgery”
      by Patt Levine, Michele Bontmpo-Saray, William B. Inabnet
  • “Exodus from Obesity”
      by Paula Peck, RN
  • “Weight-Loss Surgery: Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You, Second Edition"
      by Barbara Thompson (a gastric bypass patient)

These and other excellent bariatric books and cookbooks can be found at online and retail bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

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